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Chicago Med – We’re Lost in the Dark (5×02)

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Chicago Med continues to surprise and excel in its fifth season.

After a steller, albeit slightly soap opera-ish, premiere, the doctors at Gaffney brought life to a predictable and common trope.

The power outage caused by a storm pushed the doctors to their limits, and we almost got through the hour without any of their personal lives hijacking the storyline.

Almost being the keyword.

A focus on medical storylines always delivers great results and forces the ED to work together.

But things start to fall apart when the series tries to draw connections between the textbook material and what’s happening to the doctors in their personal lives.

We saw the same back-and-forth with Natalie and Will as we had in previous seasons. The addition of the brain injury causing memory loss trope paired with the possibility of Phillip being a complete nutjob was promising even if it was a bit much.

I mean, they basically sounded the alarm on Phillip in the Chicago Med season 5 premiere.

But we didn’t see any of that.

Nor did we get to see how Natalie’s injury was affecting her life outside of the romance aspect.

The whole arc was created with the sole purpose of creating more unnecessary drama between Will and Natalie.

While Natalie still had memory loss — as in she didn’t remember the proposal that never happened — there wasn’t any mention of her relationship with Phillip being off.

Will approached Natalie to welcome her back and things seemed fine between them. When Natalie told Maggie that she didn’t have feelings for Phillip anymore, a possible side-effect of her brain injuries, it seemed like a Will and Natalie reconciliation was on the horizon.

And then, like clockwork, Will pushed too far, got too invested in Natalie’s relationship, and pushed her away.

She got defensive of her relationship and without even wanting to, Will pushed her back into Phillip’s arms.

There’s no universe in which Natalie and Will’s storyline isn’t dysfunctional.

No matter how many times they try it always plays out the exact same way.

Phillip might be crazy but Will’s clinging to something he should have let go of a while ago.

On her first day back, Natalie was put under immense pressure when she was trapped in an elevator with a gunshot patient in a severe state.

She pulled through with the help of Chicago Fire’s Matt Casey, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups and headaches.

Natalie may seem fine but she’s been through a traumatic event herself — maybe she isn’t exactly ready for a full comeback.

Another person who should probably take it easy is Maggie.

If there’s anything we take away from the episode is that Maggie won’t be able to keep her chemo under wraps for too long.

Maggie doesn’t lean on people for help — she likes to be the one that people come to.

But asking for help is a necessary quality and one that she needs to embrace if she wants to beat this.

No one would look down on her. Yes, they might stop her from doing her job, but it’s best for her to take it easy.

If it had been just any other day, she could have gotten away with working her full shift.

Unfortunately, it was a long, high-stress day and the combination of chemo, doing too much, and the extreme heat took its toll on Maggie.

At the very least, she should tell her best friends April and Natalie.

They deserve to know and be there for her.

Noah’s back in the ED. His absence for the last half of the season wasn’t addressed, and he was thrown back right into the mix presenting the episode with somewhat of an ethical dilemma.

Noah didn’t agree with Dr. Marcel’s aggressive approach to selling bypass surgery to a patient.

It’s unclear if the patient’s situation was as dire as Dr. Marcel made it seem, but nevertheless, the patient agreed.

Noah seemed to have his hesitations even more so when the power went out.

If Marcel hadn’t been so persuasive, the patient wouldn’t have been in this situation.

But nothing else was explored in terms of ethics.

Noah later joined in on the surgery offering an extra hand and impressing Marcel who said he has “good hands.”

There’s no denying the whole reason for this scene was for Noah to get inspired and ditch his vision of a clinic to pursue a specialization.

While Noah stepped up to the plate during a time of crisis, poor Steve didn’t fair as well.

The medical student was thrown into the hubbub of the power outage when Dr. Choi learned he wanted to be an ED doctor and neede an extra hand.

Steve’s experience was just as traumatic as the patient’s life-or-death situation.

Seeing him overwhelmed and shocked by the situation unfolding in front of him was understandable — this was his first day!

He wasn’t ready to go into war-mode. Even experienced doctors were in panic mode.

So it was no surprise that by the end, Steve said that he was quitting despite his love for medicine.

To be fair, not every day is this intense, but the job isn’t for the faint of heart. If your heart isn’t in it, it’s probably best to find a different career path.

Dr. Choi wondered if he was too hard on the guy, but in reality, there was no time to ease him into a situation.

Despite walking him through everything, Dr. Choi treated him like a doctor and threw him in right into the action.

Steve wasn’t ready.

If that’s where this plot finished it would have been solid, but instead, the writers tried to tie it back to April and Ethan’s desire to have children.

Dr. Choi didn’t hold Steve’s hand or anticipate his needs (he was a little preoccupied) so that somehow meant that April would make a good mom cause she at least offered him a granola bar and water.

It’s a stretch to reiterate that the writers want these two to be parents at all costs.

And then there was Halstead’s patients, three girls who were suffering from seizures.

The “infection” started with one, spread to the second girl and then finally the third.

But seeing Dr. Charles lurk in the background with his brow furrowed meant that he was about to make a psychiatric breakthrough.

He didn’t believe Halstead’s theory that all these girls were infected.

They may have been exhibiting seizures and symptoms, but they were also attempting to study for AP Calculus while shaking and throwing up.

Turns out, Dr. Charles was right — the girls weren’t infected, they were simply under an immense amount of stress and were exhibiting a follower’s syndrome, which sounds like something we’d diagnose people on social media with.

The pressure to succeed will do that to you.

The moment Dr. Charles had a psychiatric theory and asked to have the girls in one room, I figured it would be something involving a placebo drug (tic tacs!) and anxiety.

What did you think of the episode?

Are you tired of Will and Natalie’s same old love story?

Do you think Maggie should come clean?

Have you missed Dr. Charles’ psychiatric diagnoses?

Should Dr. Choi and April cool it or get pregnant already?

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Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

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Chicago Med Review – I Think There’s Something You’re Not Telling Me (911)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 11 was Ripley-heavy, but I doubt most fans minded all that much, especially as he was sidelined last week due to the flu. 

The episode not only saw Ripley catching up with his childhood friend Sully, who previously refused cancer treatment, but we also met Sully’s pregnant girlfriend, Lynne, who also clued in Hannah on Ripley’s difficult childhood—helpful, since he wasn’t forthcoming with any information when she asked. 

His past was also brought up during the deposition with Pavel’s lawyer, who tried to get him to crack while bringing up the personal matter of institutionalization to discredit him. While it certainly struck a chord, Ripley proved that he’s done the work to get through it, though Charles, who feels partially responsible for the situation in Ripley’s past and the lawsuit, took it upon himself to encourage Sharon Goodwin to convince Ripley to settle. 

He figured out that Charles must’ve said something, but it was nice to see him not get upset by the fact either. These two have come quite a long way in their relationship this season, as Charles suggested that his past is his story to tell on his own terms. 

As for Sully, his coughing symptoms only worsened, landing him in the hospital, as Rip nudged his buddy to come clean to the mom of his future child. Sully’s hesitation to seek out treatment also stemmed from his past, noting that when his father was sent to prison, it was the best day of his life and that maybe Lynne and the baby were better off without him. Naturally, Ripley pointed out that it was just the fear talking and that he needed treatment in order to be a present dad to his kid and to break the cycle of abandonment and trauma. All in all, these two have made a lot of progress. 

Lynne, thankfully, wasn’t in early labor either, so the storyline had somewhat of a positive ending, though I’m sure we’ll see more from them soon. 

Loren’s helicopter incident in the woods the episode prior was also at the forefront as he essentially told Maggie he didn’t remember what they talked about (so he has no clue he professed his feelings for her!) and tried to minimize his injuries to prove himself to Archer for the trauma fellowship. However, Archer can’t be fooled as he’s also one of the people who tried to downplay his symptoms, so he was able to detect what Loren was doing right away. And he gave him some key advice—know when to pull back and prioritize your own health first. As they say, the job will always be there, but you can’t help your patients if you aren’t helping yourself.

As for Maggie, I think she owes it to the both of them to address what was said in such a dire state head-on, but I understand wanting to give Loren space for healing and recovery. She should’ve learned from that life-or-death situation that you should never leave anything unsaid.

Dr. Charles teamed up with a new intern, Naomi Howard, who experienced a bit of a rough start due to nerves. She was assigned to a patient named Jay, who ended up being misdiagnosed with depression when he should’ve been on mood stabilizers to treat what Charles assumed was bipolar disorder. It was a pretty intense case for Naomi to witness, even if she was sitting on the sidelines for much of it, as Charles had to get to the bottom of Jay’s motivations—proving his dad wrong about his career in the arts. Thankfully, by the end of the hour, he managed to persuade him to make the necessary change to his treatment by suggesting that you don’t have to suffer for your art.

What did you think of the episode? Are you digging the flirtation between Asher and Ripley?

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